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Have 100+ newspapers really thought through how it looks to collectively bash President Trump?

by | Aug 15, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

This is the last post of the day and, as per custom, is (hopefully) brief.

Yesterday, under the headline “Boston Globe calls for August 16 uniform editorial attack on President Trump,” I wrote about the forthcoming coordinated media assault on President Trump.

From my vantage point, the battle was less between the President and the Media Establishment which is anticipating a 100+ strong editorial blitzkrieg against Mr. Trump . It was more between the media bigwigs’ glee at possibly winning over a slice of popular opinion and the grim realization that by piling on they might accomplish precisely the opposite. Why? Because they would be guilty of doing exactly what the President habitually accuses them of doing.

But I come at this from a perspective favorable to President Trump. Kerry Dougherty, who describes herself as a “recovering journalist,” is not necessarily a fan of Mr. Trump. But her post Monday was pitch-perfect. Here’s her lead

The president is at war with the press and has been for more than a year, accusing members of the media of being biased against him, of churning out fake news and of being an enemy of the people.

So what do newspapers decide to do to convince the public they’re fair, integral to our republic and deserve the respect of the people? More than 100 editorial boards are orchestrating a joint attack on the president on Thursday. A “coordinated response” they call it.

This is briar-patch-level genius.

Doesn’t matter if you’re pro- or anti-Trump, fact is, this choreographed stunt will fuel the president’s narrative that the press corps is a leviathan trying to bring down his presidency. Worse, it could backfire and result in newspaper cancellations and even boost Trump’s popularity.

The best part of her post, in my opinion, is when she mentions how she’d been a member of an editorial board for a newspaper for five years before running pell-mell to the Metro section. Why?

By that time I’d privately begun to question the value of editorial departments. The very notion that a smug assemblage of anonymous scribes was needed to tell readers what to think seemed cringingly paternalistic.

Newspaper readers are not stupid. If the news is reported accurately, they’ll draw their own common-sense conclusions.

Exactly. On August 16, we will witness over 100 newspaper editorials dutifully bashing President Trump with one voice, another example of that famous “herd of independent minds.”

Dougherty’s headline says it all: Ready, Aim, Backfire